Hosmer's bat stays red-hot in loss to Red Sox

Royals first baseman extends hit streak to 14 games with two RBI singles

Hosmer's bat stays red-hot in loss to Red Sox

BOSTON -- Eric Hosmer's hot streak jumped over the four-day All-Star break and continued to burn, reaching 14 games in Friday night's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox.

The Royals' first baseman had three hits, two singles and a double, with two RBIs and a run scored.

"It's good, that's what this team needs. They need me going and I've got to be driving in runs," Hosmer said. "That's what I've got to continue to do, put in good at-bats, stay selective, not go out of my zone, continue to get good pitches to hit and not miss 'em."

All three of his hits came off right-hander Clay Buchholz. Hosmer, in his 14-game streak, has hit .429 (24-for-56) with six doubles, two homers and nine RBIs.

That's the longest streak for the Royals since Salvador Perez's 17-gamer from Aug. 22 to Sept. 13, 2012.

Overall, Hosmer's average is up to .272 after being at .246 before the streak began.

Hosmer also was involved in a strange fielding play in the third inning. David Ortiz hit a very high popup that Hosmer seemed about to catch, but the ball slid off his glove, only to be captured by third baseman Mike Moustakas.

"It was a tough sky," Hosmer said. "We were obviously playing Ortiz pretty deep there. He hit in a perfect spot right over the mound. Moose was playing over for the shift and we're both running after it. And I just saw it at the last second, kind of put a glove on it and it just hit right off my glove. Luckily, Moose was right there to save me."

Earlier this year, a hot shot at Tampa Bay snapped Hosmer's glove and went right to second baseman Omar Infante, who threw the batter out.

Infante, by the way, is also hot at the plate. He was 3-for-5 on Friday night and has hits in 12 of his last 13 games, going 24-for-53 (.452) in that span.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.